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Jobu Design Jobu Jr.3 Deluxe Gimbal Kit with Swing-Arm HM-J3D

B&H # JOBWGJ3DLX MFR # BWG-J3DLX
Jobu Design Jobu Jr.3 Deluxe Gimbal Kit with Swing-Arm HM-J3D

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Product Highlights

  • Includes Removable Swing Arm (HM-J3D)
  • Recommended Load: Under 10 lb (4.53 kg)
  • Arca-Swiss-Compatible Quick Release
  • Quick-Release Integrated Into Swing Arm
  • Custom-Designed Fluted Knob
  • Standard 3/8"-16 Tripod Mount
  • Requires Arca-Swiss-Type of Plate
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You Pay: $379.00

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Photographers looking for a high performance tripod head in a very small package should be thrilled with the Jobu Jr.3 Deluxe Gimbal Kit with Swing-Arm HM-J3D from Jobu Design. This head has a one-piece hollow, cast, heat-treated body, making it extremely stiff. It is smaller, lighter, smoother and more compact than the previous BWG-J2K head. The quick-release has been integrated into the swing-arm, making the entire gimbal lighter, while increasing the swing-capacity (maximum lens collar foot size can be taller). There's also a premium, custom-designed fluted knob for a better grip. Quick-release plate is not included.

Needle roller bearings allow smoother tilting under heavy loads and better adjustment of friction. Lockout force has been improved, and overall durability has been improved. It has an overall profile of 9 x 8" (22.8 x 20.3 cm).

Recommended for long lenses such as:

70-200mm F2.8/F4, 100-400mm zoom, 150-400mm zoom, 300mm F2.8/F4, 400mm F5.6, 400mm DO, etc.

Recommended load for lens and camera: less than 10 lb (4.53 kg) total.
The quick-release is integrated into the swing-arm, making the entire gimbal lighter and increasing the swing-capacity.
A custom-designed fluted knob has been added for a better grip.
Maximum Load Recommended: Under 10 lb (4.53 kg) total
Tripod Mount 3/8"-16
Weight 1.5 lb (680 g)
Dimensions 9 x 8" (22.86 x 20.32 cm)
Jobu Design Jobu Jr.3 Deluxe Gimbal Kit with Swing-Arm HM-J3D
  • Junior 3 Deluxe Swing Arm
  • Quick Release (Arca-Swiss Compatible)
  • One Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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    Jobu DesignJobu Jr.3 Deluxe Gimbal Kit with Swing-Arm HM-J3D
     
    4.9

    (based on 8 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (4)
    • Strong clamp (4)
    • Easy to use (3)
    • Large range of motion (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/action (5)
      • Landscape/scenery (4)
      • Wildlife (3)
      • Wildlife photos (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (5), Semi-pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (8)

      Reviewed by 8 customers

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      5.0

      Works perfectly

      By Wade

      from Boise idaho

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Firmly
      • Good Stability
      • Large Range of Motion
      • Strong Clamp

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Jobu Design Jobu Jr.3 Deluxe Gimbal Kit with Swing-Arm HM-J3D:

        I use this Jobu Jr. Gimble head for wildlife photography. Even though it's substantially cheaper than top of the line... it works great with my Sigma 150-500mm lens. I'd buy it again. Great product.

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        4.0

        Works Well

        By Don

        from Traverse City, MI

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Stability
        • Large Range of Motion
        • Strong Clamp

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Jobu Design Jobu Jr.3 Deluxe Gimbal Kit with Swing-Arm HM-J3D:

            Works well with my Nikon D810 and Nikon 80-400 -- could handle something bigger. Smooth and solid. Four stars due to being a bit pricey and also because -- although it may just be me? -- the Jobu Jr 3 seems to position the camera a little off level despite being properly mounted. Not much a problem, but shouldn't be this way for the price.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Very happy with my purchase

            By NW Peter

            from Seattle, WA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Stability
            • Light weight
            • Strong Clamp

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Night Shots
              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife

              Comments about Jobu Design Jobu Jr.3 Deluxe Gimbal Kit with Swing-Arm HM-J3D:

              I got the Jobu Jr. 3 Deluxe to pair with my new Tamron 150-600 lens. Also tried it with the Canon EF 100-400 and both lenses work very well with it. Works well on both tripod and monopod!

              Another purchase decision for me was weight. I tend to carry gear up on mountains and/or long hikes. I'm willing to carry a 3-4 lb lens up a 14er but don't want to carry another 3-4 lbs of support. This head weighs in at 1.5 lbs and is plenty of sturdy to hold whatever lens I'm willing to haul at a 6 hour hike/climb.

              In response to some other reviews, yes you cannot tilt the lens vertically up or down - if that's what you need this isn't your solution. However, I use it for wildlife (whales, antelope, birding, ...) and don't feel the need to point a 100-400/150-600 mm range setup to the floor, so works very well for me.

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              5.0

              Use a BIG LENS ? You need this thing !

              By Dude

              from Minnesota

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Firmly
              • Good Stability
              • Large Range of Motion
              • Strong Clamp

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Wildlife

                Comments about Jobu Design Jobu Jr.3 Deluxe Gimbal Kit with Swing-Arm HM-J3D:

                I am using this gimbal head with a Nikon D7100 body and a 200-400mm Nikon lens. It's works great ! It balances the lens and camera body perfectly. I did have to purchase a longer mounting plate. Now I can let go of the camera and lens and it stays level even without using the tightening knobs for vertical or horizontal swings. For me, it's a great investment.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Very smooth w/camera and lens attached

                By WJ

                from Ruidoso NM

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Jobu Design Jobu Jr.3 Deluxe Gimbal Kit with Swing-Arm HM-J3D:

                  Ready to go right out of the box.

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                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great product for the price

                  By jrfan

                  from Stafford Va

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Jobu Design Jobu Jr.3 Deluxe Gimbal Kit with Swing-Arm HM-J3D:

                    For the price you can't beat this gimbel head. Movement is smooth and very easy to use.Only issue i had is it doesn't work with my 70-200 .Had to buy a 4.5 foot to attach to my lense.I would recommend this to anyone starting out with gimbels.

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great small gimbal

                    By Mouser

                    from Los Alamos, NM

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Sports/Action
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Jobu Design Jobu Jr.3 Deluxe Gimbal Kit with Swing-Arm HM-J3D:

                      I do a fair amount of bird photography with a Canon 400mm f/5.6L which can be a bit slow for handheld shots when the light gets low. This gimbal is a perfect fit for that lens (which looks absurd on the huge Wimberley).

                      The Jr.3 has three possible mounting heights for the swing arm, and the 400mm lens works perfectly on the middle setting. This setting is also good for my 300mm f/4L.

                      The gimbal is well made and, when saddled with the weight of my 400mm and 7D, feels every bit as solid as my Wimberley.

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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Nice and light

                      By massawfoto

                      from Québec, Ca

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Sports/Action
                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about Jobu Design Jobu Jr.3 Deluxe Gimbal Kit with Swing-Arm HM-J3D:

                        Nice quality construction at a reasonable price. The new swing arm is stiff and light. Do buy the specific foot for your lens. As a bonus, works great on a monopod!!! Cannot comment on very long lens uses. The max I tried was 300 mm f/2,8 with 2x extender and Nikon D4, wich was more than adequate.

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